Ambassador Hale: “Innovation is Key to Pakistan’s Economic Development”

April 07, 2017

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Islamabad, April 7, 2017 – American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale said today that the United States and Pakistan are closely aligned on the key goal of Pakistan’s economic development, and that innovation is key to achieving this goal.

Delivering remarks at the opening of the two-day “Leaders in Islamabad Business Summit,” organized by Nutshell Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reforms in Islamabad, Ambassador Hale said, “We work together fostering economic growth, increasing bilateral trade, improving the investment climate, protecting intellectual property and promoting entrepreneurship.”


Highlighting the untapped potential for growth in the U.S.-Pakistan economic relationship, Ambassador Hale observed that American companies are increasing their presence in Pakistan.  Ambassador Hale said, “From some of our largest manufacturers and infrastructure companies, to small and medium services companies, the American private sector is finding Pakistan to be an increasingly attractive market.  American business leaders praise the quality of people that they work with, and the interest that Pakistan’s business community has shown in American products.”  He added, “The biggest challenge – for Pakistan as well as for America and all other economies – is for governments to be flexible enough to facilitate and support the new business models and innovation that entrepreneurs are developing in such a fast-changing global economy.”

Ambassador Hale said the summit participants share a fundamental desire for stability and prosperity, and there are opportunities in business and beyond to ‘innovate for the future’ to help both countries achieve their fullest potential.

He also noted that the United States’ relationship with Pakistan is founded in people-to-people ties.  “These ties are built in many ways, including through business, trade and exchange programs. We are very proud of the large community of alumni of our exchange programs,” Ambassador Hale said.

More than six hundred delegates from Pakistan, China, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, U.A.E and the United States attended the business summit that featured debates, dialogue, cross-cutting discussions, music and local cultural performances.